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Up For Arts Community Choir’s Christmas concert – 10th December at The Bluecoat

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Our shiny new Community Choir, Up for Arts Choir, led by Artistic Director, Sapehna Aziz marks its first birthday with this performance at The Bluecoat in Liverpool city centre.

The 50 strong choir will sing songs from African traditional songs to contemporary ‘pop’ with a bit of Motown soul thrown in for good festive measure.  The members range from age 18yrs to 82yrs old and nearly all are beginners to choral singing.

The choir has been created in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside and Voluntary Arts England and was set up to help people develop their confidence and enjoyment of singing. Most of the songs will be sung a cappella and there will be some Christmas songs too.

Our special guest artist is singer/songwriter, Emily Jackson who will be joined on stage by guitarist Michael Gay.

Come along to this inspiring show and who knows, you might even want to join the choir in 2015.

Date:  Wednesday 10th December

Venue: The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Time:  7.30pm

Cost:  £5

For booking details contact The Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324 or do so online here:

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Up For Arts Community Choir to perform at World AIDS Day event for Sahir House


Our new community choir, Up For Arts, under the Musical Direction of Saphena Aziz is ddelighted to be performing at this year’s World AIDS Day event in support of local charity, Sahir House. The event will take place in St. George’s hall concert room and will include testimonies from people living with HIV, a vigil and our choir will perfom. The whole event starts at 7pm and runs through to 8.30pm. It is a FREE event. For more information about the work that Sahir House carries out with local communities please check out their website here.

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Sunday November 30th: GOSPEL SINGING DAY led by Tosin Akindele at Studio 2 Parr Street


We are really thrilled that the amazing Gospel choir  leader, Tosin Akindele will be leading our final Singing Day of 2014. Back by popular demand Tosin will deliver a day of uplifting, joyous, celebratory singing for all abilities.

Just bring yourself, your passion for singing and we will provide the rest. What better way to spend the last Sunday of the month having a fantastic time sharing the joy of singing with like minded people in a vibrant, energetic and fun enviroment.

The day will include:-

  • Brief history of gospel singing
  • Introduction to Gospel harmonies.
  • Vocal techniques and warm up exercises
  • Group singing of Gospel songs
  • Q & A session


The Gospel Singing Day will take place in Liverpool at

STUDIO 2, Parr Street Studios, 33-45, Parr Street, Liverpool L1 4JN


Please wear comfortable clothing

To book your place call the Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324

£25 (£20 Concessions)

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Sense of Sound Singers to perform in Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth


Sense of Sound Singers is to be the featured choral ensemble in Paco Peña’s 4 date UK tour of  Requiem For TheEarth. Performing at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Thursday October 9th and Manchester Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 14th October the choir will be conducted by Musical Director, Perri Alleyne-Hughes.

Paco Peña is one of the leading champions of the Flamenco tradition and his shows always combine brilliantly music, drama and dance to push at the boundaries of this ancient musical form.

This Requiem featuring guitarists, percussionists, a flamenco dancer and Sense of Sound Singers is an epic lament for our planet which fuses the heat and fire of flamenco with the passionate incantations of a Southern Spanish requiem mass.

Requiem for the Earth is a powerful reminder that our existence on earth is transitory. Experiencing this performance, with its driving flamenco rhythms, dark harmonies and soulful vocals combining beautifully with the expressive choral music, in the sanctity of The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King will be a thrilling and moving evening and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Peña is a virtuoso, capable of dazzling an audience beyond the frets of mortal man. He combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colourist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.”
The New York Times

Tickets for both performances can be purchased here

Both performances being at 7.30pm

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Fun Palace at The Everyman Theatre: 12pm-5pm Saturday October 4th

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On Saturday 4th October, The Everyman theatre  will be transformed into a magical Fun Palace. It is part of a nationwide initiative to celebrate what would have been theatre director Joan Littlewood’s 100th Birthday.

Littlewood’s enduring philosophy and ambition of what a Fun Palace should be – rebellious, playful and inclusive – suggests that the whole process should be as open and inviting as possible.

We are delighted  to be bringing some choral magic to the event by opening and closing the day’s activities.

A small ensemble of  Sense of Sound Singers will performing an original song at 12pm and closing with a bang 3 at the 5pm closing.

There will also be 2 x 1 hours singing workshops led by Artistic Director, Jennifer John at 12.30pm and 2pm

The free event is open to all and will include a whole host of exciting creative activities including the chance to discover the joys of a gong bath, understanding synesthesia, script writing and much, much more.

The Everyman Theatre is situated on Hope Street (the catholic cathedral end).

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Migration Music reviews


After 2 amazing sell out performances at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre of our commissioned piece, Migration Music we are feeling extremely proud in the Sense of Sound camp.

Here are a couple of the wonderful reviews that we received.

“Click Liverpool” review

Mark McNulty’s Rivercool blog

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It is buzzing in the Sense of Sound camp at the moment! Our current commission from Culture Liverpool is to create a dynamic new piece for  Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) 2014.

It is a theatrical piece called Migration Music which mixes theatre and music in a collaboration between our extraordinary vocal ensemble, Sense of Sound Singers and beatboxers lead by Grammy award nominated  Beatbox Master, Shlomo.

Make your own journey of musical discovery where Sense of Sound will ask, “What music is significant to you and how will you listen to the playlist of your life?”

A Nurse working with Alzheimer’s patients and other forms of dementia learns how to use  music to stimulate responses, to stir the blood and to conjure memories of heritage and histories. By creating personalised playlists the Nurse sees a marked improvement in the mental and physical health of the people she cares for.

Migration Music explores the power of music and its ability to evoke, provoke and affect our consciousness.

The performance promises to be the theatrical highlight of the Liverpool International Music Festival incorporating unique interpretations of great musical pieces from the world of Classical Music, Jazz, Reggae, Spiritual, Dance and much more!

Directed by Matthew Xia

Musical Direction David Coulter

Digital Projection Design Joe Stathers-Tracey

Sound Design Xenia Bayer

Lighting Design Ciaran Cunningham

 Migration Music will be performed at The Everyman Theatre

28th and 29th August.


Tickets: £15/£12

Contact Jennifer John for all press opportunities.  [email protected]


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Opera Singing Day with Anne Taft – Saturday 28th June


This is a gentle final reminder about this month’s Singing Day which focuses on Opera. It will be led by Anne Taft who trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the direction of Miss Noelle Barker OBE.

Anne’s 30 year career as performer has included appearances as  ‘Susanna’ in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, Nancy in Oliver and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady’.

As a vocal coach and lecturer Anne was the head of Singing at Liverpool Community College for over 2 decades. During those years Anne continued to work as a freelance singer and made many notable appearances with orchestras throughout the North West region. In addition, she regularly sings with Liverpool guitar virtuoso ‘Neil Campbell’ and was the featured vocalist on his highly acclaimed ‘Ghost Stories’ album.

Currently, Anne teaches at the University of Liverpool, Bluecoat School, Liverpool and The Creative Living Centre, Bury. She has   devised the “ReleaSing” methodology, which not only combines some of the vocal techniques of Bel Canto and SLS but also offers simple and very effective mind-muscle training exercises, that enables swift technical progress for students and allows an ease and freedom in performance unequaled by other methods.

Opera Singing Day is open to all abilities. You do not have to be able to read music.

It will feature operatic singing techniques, discuss how the voice works as an instrument and explore vocal tone qualities. Anne will teach an aria and there will also be a Q&A session.

Saturday 28th June

MYA Building, 65-67, Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY


£25 (£20 Concession)

To Book: 0151 702 5324

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GOSPEL SINGING DAY:  Saturday 31st May

Led by Tosin Akindele the Gospel Singing day takes place on Saturday 31st May  from 10am -4pm and will  cover the following:

  • Brief history of gospel singing
  • Introduction to Gospel harmonies.
  • Vocal techniques and warm up exercises
  • Group singing of Gospel songs

Be prepared to have a joyful and uplifting experience!

The Gospel Singing Day will take place in Liverpool at

MYA Building, 65 to 67 Hanover Street, L1 3DY.

To book your place please call the Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324

£25 (£20 Concessions)


OPERA SINGING DAY: Saturday 28th June

  We are delighted to welcome Anne Taft who will deliver the Opera Singing Day on Saturday June 28th. The day will start at 10am and finish at 4pm

The Opera day will focus on the following:

  • How the voice works
  • Introduction to opera singing techniques
  • Quality of vocal tone
  • Learn how to sing an aria
  • Q&A

The Opera Singing day will take place at

MYA Building, 65 – 67 Hanover Street, L1 3DY

To book your place please call the Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324

£25 (£20 Concessions)

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LIGHT NIGHT 2014: The Big Sing @ The Bluecoat

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We are delighted to be a part of this year’s fabulous creative celebrations, Light Night 2014!

Come and sing with us!

It is going to be an interactive experience for you and all of your friends. A chance to take part in some joyful group singing with some vocal techniques thrown in for good measure plus a fabulous opportunity to listen and learn a well known song with our a cappella choir, Sense of Sound Singers.

As Light Night is a transient event, if you do wish to tak part please make sure you contact Jennifer John by emailing her – [email protected]  Our event starts at 8pm and finishes promptly at 9.30pm so I really hope you will join us for the duration and I look forward to seeing you all then.

You will also be able to ask us directly about upcoming opportunities for you to take part in more singing activities via our monthly Singing Days. The next will be Gospel on Saturday May 31st and the following month will see Opera being featured on Saturday June 28th. We will have more details for you all on Friday.

This event is FREE.


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